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6 Orthodontic Tips for a Sensitive Gag Reflex

blog-featured-image-orthodontic-tips-for-gag-reflexHaving a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Amir Davoody and Dr. Rana Mehr at Greater Houston Orthodontics, are trained professionals that can help care for and achieve a beautiful smile. Below are some tips to help patients with a sensitive gag reflex.Read More

4 Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy

blog-featured-image-keep-your-smile-healthyJust like the rest of your body, your mouth and teeth need to be well-nourished and taken care of in order to keep your smile radiant. Dr. Amir Davoody and Dr. Rana Mehr at Greater Houston Orthodontics have four tips for keeping the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve!

Brush and Floss

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush. It also recommends flossing daily in between teeth to keep plaque at bay. Flossing, while boring and annoying, is pertinent to oral health. Did you know not flossing is linked to heart disease? YIKES!Read More

Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

blog-featured-image-mouthguards-for-bracesGetting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Play Safe, Play All Season

In general, it is not uncommon for an athlete to experience injuries to the mouth and jaw area. Ever taken a soccer ball to the face? A fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, does increase your risk of oral injuries. Common oral injuries include lacerations to the cheeks, lips, and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, TMJ, and root fractures.

Have no fear, you can easily protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports by investing in a mouthguard. While it is suggested that braces patients invest in an orthodontic model, a basic mouthguard will provide more protection than nothing at all.Read More

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Braces

blog-featured-image-sweet-tooth-with-bracesYou’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes! Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, and the staff at Greater Houston Orthodontics are here to explain the truth about sugar and how to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your braces.

The Truth About Sugar

Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and is off-limits during orthodontic treatment to keep the teeth healthy and strong. Whether you’re in braces or not, it is important to note that candy made of lots of sugar should always be avoided, especially during orthodontic treatment. Failure to do so could mean more dental work after your braces come off.

There is a common misconception that the type of sugar that you consume makes a difference in the overall effect on the teeth. This idea is false – texture and concentration matter immensely. The stickier the candy the more minutes it sits on your teeth the more likely the teeth are to decay or decal off, causing permanent stains. If eating a high sugar content food, the faster they are cleaned off the teeth by saliva, water or a toothbrush, the less risk there is. Once braces are on, sugar has many places to hide and the longer it’s left to sit on the teeth and braces, the more damage it causes.Read More

Welcome Dr. Nilou Azami!

We are delighted to announce the addition of Dr. Niloufar Azami to the Greater Houston Orthodontics team. She will support our continued efforts to enhance our patients’ experience with expanded appointment availability and flexibility, while maintaining a tradition of superior orthodontic care in our community. Dr. Nilou will primarily treat patients in our Memorial Office at 9412 Gaylord Drive.

We trust that your experience at Greater Houston Orthodontics reflects our goal of delivering the highest standard of care in a friendly, but also technology-forward and efficient environment. Above all, we’re always focused on creating smiles that build self-esteem and confidence. 

We’re grateful to have Dr. Nilou joining our team as her personality and philosophy align perfectly with our own. We work to build strong relationships with our patients throughout our time together during treatment. Connecting with people is important to Dr. Nilou as well. She gets to know her patients and their families and takes an active interest in their personal growth for lasting relationships. Dr. Nilou is not only an excellent orthodontist but she also has a strong focus on patient education. She takes care to explain the treatment plan in detail so everyone is comfortable.

Dr. Nilou is passionate about orthodontics because of the comprehensive nature of the specialty. An orthodontist can impact the entire facial aesthetic, so treatment planning needs to consider a holistic view of the patient’s anatomy, taking into consideration factors like jaw growth. At the same time, for Dr. Nilou the connection orthodontics has with the other fields of dentistry keeps things dynamic, and always interesting. Ultimately, Dr. Nilou finds the impact an orthodontist has on the lives of patients to be incredibly rewarding.

With the addition of Dr. Nilou we can do more together to serve you, our patients, who we know will enjoy getting to know her. We look forward to introducing you soon!

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Braces

blog-featured-image-sweet-tooth-with-bracesYou’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes! Dr. Amir Davoody and the staff at Greater Houston Orthodontics are here to explain the truth about sugar and how to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your braces.

The Truth About Sugar

Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and is off-limits during orthodontic treatment to keep the teeth healthy and strong. Whether you’re in braces or not, it is important to note that candy made of lots of sugar should always be avoided, especially during orthodontic treatment. Failure to do so could mean more dental work after your braces come off.

There is a common misconception that the type of sugar that you consume makes a difference in the overall effect on the teeth. This idea is false – texture and concentration matter immensely. The stickier the candy the more minutes it sits on your teeth the more likely the teeth are to decay or decal off, causing permanent stains. If eating a high sugar content food, the faster they are cleaned off the teeth by saliva, water or a toothbrush, the less risk there is. Once braces are on, sugar has many places to hide and the longer it’s left to sit on the teeth and braces, the more damage it causes.Read More